I am excited to have you here and that you are looking into the possibility of beginning a counseling journey for you or your child. Working with children and those in need has been my place for over 10 years. I have been licensed as a professional counselor with a mental health service provider designation since 2013. I have been certified as a nationally certified counselor since 2009. Private practice seemed like the right fit for me after working with families in their homes helping them learn skills, getting direct care experience in a child and adolescent psychiatric hospital, and finally foster care. During these rich experiences, I created a solid foundation in client centered work and became well trained in understanding how trauma manifests itself in daily life.
After graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in psychology, I attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and received my Masters Degree in Community Counseling. During this time, I interned at a local community mental health center and was recognized as graduate student of the year.
I am trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and have been a trainer for clinicians learning TF-CBT. I continue to learn and develop skills and interventions that are empirically supported and backed by research. Learning new ways to provide care is a priority to my practice and development as a counselor.
In January of 2019, I began a yoga teacher training program with K10 Yoga School out of Winston Salem, NC studying under Kristen Williams and Natalie Johnson. K10 offered a trauma informed approach to yoga as well as taking yogi principles off the mat - their program appealed to me for these reasons and many more. I completed my 200 hour training program in May and became a registered Yoga teacher in May of 2019 through Yoga Alliance, the yoga teacher accreditation body. I am also ensured as a yoga teacher through Be Yogi.
I believe that creating a safe environment for you, my client, is most important and feel that it is not the interventions I use in our sessions but the relationship we build to create change. Humor is essential to our relationship as well so I hope that we can laugh during our time together!
I encourage you to focus on self care so I employ that focus in my life as well. Cooking, running, yoga, and being with friends and family is how I ensure that I am my "best" for you each session. Meditation/Mindfulness is also an area which I practice frequently and use mobile apps like Calm, Smiling Mind, and One Minute Meditation to practice and incorporate this into my life.
Beginning a journey to your better self can be intimidating and feel vulnerable at times - I hope you will reach out to me to see if I am a good fit for your counseling experience.